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The IRC provides education to children in DRC.
The IRC empowers women in DRC through economic empowerment.
The IRC supports women who have been victims of violence.
We help communities to identify their own needs and manage their own recovery projects.
The IRC provides emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Congo.
The IRC rehabilitates and constructs hospitals and clinics in DRC.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's least developed country in terms of life expectancy, education, standard of living and key health indicators like maternal and child mortality. Following years of economic and political decline, the war of 1998 to 2002 was characterised by extreme violence, massive population displacement and widespread rape.
Despite several formal peace agreements, violence continues in eastern Congo, causing loss of life and uprooting families. The state is unable to provide protection and basic services to its people who continue to suffer from poverty and neglect.